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Registration for Hoops for Hope closes March 11

GRAYSLAKE – The Hoops for Hope 3-on-3 Tournament has earned a reputation as being one of the most exciting and rewarding basketball tournaments in Lake County.

With an average of more than 100 teams and about 500 players competing each year, the tournament provides a chance for kids from fourth grade up to adults to organize a team and participate in a two-day event with a minimum guarantee of five games.

Registration is open for this year’s tournament, which will take place March 17 and 18 at Grayslake North High School. Registration closes March 11 and can be done online at

All proceeds go toward the 12 Oaks Foundation. Players/teams can also opt to raise additional funds through a peer-to-peer fundraising program.

Participants who raise $100 in donations (excludes any registration fees) will receive a free Wilson NCAA replica indoor/outdoor basketball.

This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy with a 3-point shooting contest, block scheduling and a guarantee of a minimum of five games for those high school age and under.

Teams must register at least four players. You may either start a team or join a team. Fees are $40 per player. Fees include a reversible mesh jersey.

Day 1 will include a pool play format for fourth-graders through high schoolers. Format is half-court with a 20-minute running clock. Kids call their own fouls. Day 2 is a double elimination format to crown a champion for each of the following separate grade divisions – Girls and Boys Divisions – fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, freshman, sophomore, junior/senior grades.

There will be alternative options for feeder teams who may have conflicts that weekend. Contact Steve Hupp at 847-508-0351 or for information.

For 2018, organizers have created separate freshman and sophomore brackets. Juniors and seniors will play in one combined bracket. There is a limit of two varsity players per team for the high school divisions.

The 12 Oaks Foundation was established in memory of Grayslake resident Matthew Hupp, who died of Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2009 at age 13. Matt loved playing sports and developed many of his strengths through team participation.

Using funds raised through events such as Hoops for Hope, 12 Oaks offers grants for sports and other programs for children in families experiencing temporary financial hardship related to ongoing cancer treatment within the family. The foundation has given away over $200,000 to families battling cancer throughout Illinois and Wisconsin since 2010.

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